tv The 11th Hour With Brian Williams MSNBC February 22, 2021 8:00pm-9:00pm PST
good evening once again, day 34 of the biden administration. tonight to mark the sorry occasion of our nation's loss of over a half million souls to a controllable virus, the president and the vice president did something that we have not seen from an american leader in the full year since this pandemic took hold of our country. they took note of the devastating toll with a moment of silence and a candlelight ceremony to honor the dead. moments earlier as joe biden spoke of the need to remain vigilant against the virus he acknowledged the enormous loss. >> there are more americans that died in one year in this pandemic than in world war i, world war ii and the vietnam war combined. more lives lost to the virus than any other nation on earth.
as we all remember, i ask us to act. to remain vigilant. to stay socially distanced. to mask up. get vaccinated when it is your turn. we must end the politics and misinformation that divided families, communities and the country. >> exactly one year ago no covid deaths have been reported in this country. there were about 35 known cases. as of tonight the death toll stands at over 502,000 americans, confirmed cases now top 28 million. while vaccines do now exist, the cdc says that fewer than 6% of americans received the shots. as this president works to get this pandemic finally under control, he is also trying to get his cabinet nominees confirmed. this morning his attorney general nominee merrick garland
testified almost five years after he was supposed to testify before the committee after his supreme court nomination was blocked by mitch mcconnell and the senate republicans. today garland invoked the upon oklahoma city bombing promising to go after the rioters who desecrated our capitol on january 6th. >> i supervised the prosecution of the bombers of the oklahoma federal building. if confirmed i will -- a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy. this will be my first priority and my first briefing when i return to the department, if i am confirmed. we are facing a more dangerous period than we faced in oklahoma city than at that time. i come from a family where my
grandparents fled anti-semtisim and persecution. the country took us in. protected us. i feel an obligation to the country to pay back. this is the highest, best use of my own set of skills to pay back. >> republicans tried to get merrick garland to make promises about special counselle john durham's review of the fbi's 2016 investigation of the trump campaign. garland would only say he saw no reason to stop durham's inquiry. because republicans believed that hunter biden would be a central issue for any attorney general, merrick garland was asked about the current investigation into the president's son. >> have you discussed this
hunter biden case with the president or anyone else? >> i have not. i would not have taken the job if i thought that politics would individual any influence over prosecution and investigation. i am not the president's lawyer. i am the united states lawyer. >> meanwhile just across from capitol hill, the supreme court cleared the way for manhattan prosecutors to get their hands on donald trump's tax returns. the former president has fiercely fought to shield those documents from prosecutors and from the public. >> it is under order. i will release them. >> at the appropriate time i will release them. right now i am under routine. >> while i am under audit i would not give my taxes. >> actually i paid tax. you will see that as soon as my tax returns. it is under order. they have been under order for a long time. >> that last comment referenced
reporting from the "new york times" last year revealing trump paid no taxes for a decade and then $750 in taxes the year that he won the presidency and in his first year in office. today trump responded to the supreme court order and the ongoing investigation with a statement reading as did his last one like a series of tweets. it reads this investigation is a continuation of the greatest political witch hunt in the history of the country. meantime manhattan d.a. cy vance, full statement was the work continues. the supreme court dealt trump allies a blow today declining to hear a dispute in pennsylvania over whether absentee ballots should have been counted in the 2020 election. tomorrow the investigation into the riot in the capitol moves into a new stage with the first congressional hearing on the topic. four high ranking law enforcement officers, three have
resigned, will testify before two separate senate kmpts including the former house sergeant at arms, paul irving and michael stenger who have stepped down after the insurrection and never spoke of it publicly. some of the rank and file officers are now just speaking out. here is what one officer had to say about the day. >> i call it a [ bleep ] -- couple dozen times today. protecting this building. is this america? they beat police officers with blue lives matter flags. >> with that let's bring in our leadoff guests on this monday night. ashley parker, white house bureau chief for the "washington post." an nyu law professor and an
infection disease physician, director of the special pathogens unit. she notably worked with the wh.o. because of the urgency of the matter, we mark today in terms of a death toll of a half million. i would like to begin with you. do you ever allow yourself a kind of what if thinking? what if we had been competent at this? what if our president had not been a denier. what if we had buckled down and done the hard work required, not let politics get in the way of mask wearing or not. how would our nation look different tonight? >> every day, you know, i think to say that the pandemic will alter and it has altered the course of history for our country and really our entire world.
it is not hyperbole. we marked the deaths we had here and are rolling towards another tragedy, 2.5 million people dying globally of the disease. that is not even the entire number. the deaths here in the u.s. are thought to be underestimated from covid and that is not even counting the second wave. every epidemic i have been a part of, the people whose lives are affected, you know, other diseases that could not be attended to because of the pandemic. and globally, things like drop in vaccination rates, not even taking into account the biggest economic shock since the great depression. you have seen 115 million people pushed into extreme poverty globally. what president biden said today about remembering as part of healing. that is important. we also will have to rebuild.
what we rebuild, you know, we will not have to just pandemic-proof our society but politics-proof our pandemic response. >> ashley parker coming right off of the doctors' answers. he also used special language designed to resonate with all of us who suffered losses in the lives. i kept writing down humanity, sympathy, empathy. last time we spoke i asked you about the transition in tone and tenor what it must be like to cover this new presidency. i don't think his most vehement critics would accuse him of insigne insigne -- >> that is what we saw earlier
tonight so moving. it wasn't just him addressing the incredibly stark and hard to fathom toll of human life. but it was sort of talking so personally and movingly about it. we all know his past history with his own grief and where the wells of empathy come from. the moments in the speech where he talked about the empty chair at the kitchen table, opening the closet and having a certain scent waft out and remembering the bend in your loved ones smile. it was upon personal and more resonant when you could not help but to contrast it with former president trump. not just his handling of the virus that got us here. but keep in mind today, donald trump did put out a statement. it had nothing to do with the half million americans that died from the virus. it was basically a tweet thread about the supreme court decision. so it -- those adjectives that
you laid down provide empathy, sympathy and also just the contrast to the president who is no longer there but in many ways got us to this place. >> professor, the court of last resort was not enough for the former president today. the most transactional president in our history. the man that came to the job with the least knowledge of the three branches of government of any president in our history, probably expected way back when his three appointees to go today. they did not. my question to you is what will the public see or what will the public find out as a result of the supreme court ruling today. or will the impact really be limited to a grand jury room in new york? >> as you know, brian, grand jury proceedings are secret and any of the evidence would remain
secret unless there is a trial or further investigation where the documents are made public. what the public may see in time is the path of the investigation gathering steam. we may see more information about witnesses. some witnesses could make deals with the prosecution that will become public. this is just the beginning. that is the thing. we waited five years to get to the beginning. this is what the long process and the long, arduous process has been about. >> dr. bhadillia, i want to read you a quote of an article from three physicians from mass general. they wrote it in the hill. it is about the virus and the affect the thread of the variants. this is a very serious warning to the rest of the world. immunity is not absolute. and may have an expiration date. the bottom line, we are far from being out of the woods.
even while there is reason for hope. this dovetails with what you said about how it changed our society and global society. do you go as far as these three physicians? >> i do. i think no perfect example exists to show us how dependant we are on the rest of the world as they are on us. part of getting to the end of the acute phase of the pandemic. because i think that most of us in our field would say i don't think the virus will be eliminated in the near future. but to get a point where we can keep the new variants from growing and reaching all of us, we need to stop the transmission everywhere. we need to think about it as a global fight so that new variant, once we update our vaccines they will be quickly outdated unless we make sure that vaccines will get
everywhere in the world. >> ashley parker, back to politics. i do not want to insult the bar scene in "star wars" with a useless comparison to cpac coming up this weekend, but it will be something. can donald trump, with his first public appearance before that group insist upon his leadership role going forward? mitch mcconnell and others may disagree. >> they certainly may. he will probably insist that. we don't know the question as to what power donald trump still wields in the republican party. we know polls where his approval ratings are quite high, but they have dropped after the january 6th attacks.
there are disconcerting polls about the number of republicans that believe his lie that if the election was stolen. this is a specific, maga nation crowd. his base. seeing how they react and how lawmakers react who are up for re-election. to donald trump and what he says it could be the first test of does he have the power that he hopes to have and claims to have or by the fact that he is an ex-president and he is an ex-president who helped egg on an insurrection against the government that he led at the time. does that in any way diminish his clout? >> and professor, finally to you while it is not a term from the law by all accounts judge garland crushed it today at his hearing simply by being a modest man of the law and talking about
his family's history in this country and talking about how he would and would not approach cases. tell me, it is believed that he actually picked up republican votes today. if indeed he goes on to be confirmed as ag, tell me about what he will find at doj and what they will find as a new culture remembering that he will be the first attorney general in four years not to view himself as the president's lawyer as he put it today. instead the lawyer for the united states. >> this is a winning performance from judge garland and the performance many would have expected to see in 2016 when he was president obama's appointee to replace scalia. here we are, five years later. this was an amazing performance. moving, poignant.
really clear-eyed about the difficulties facing the department of justice. he spoke of the morale at the department. the lowest it has been in a number of years. people are questioning the independence. there are external threats that have to be dealt with. you face it head on talking about his own history, fighting domestic terrorism. and the fact that the strains are proliferating in the united states today and they need to be addressed by a department of justice that is reinvigorated. >> he called 1/6 the worst attack on the democracy he could imagine and that getting inside the groups, rooting it out and investigating it would be job one for him. can't thank the big three guests enough. much obliged. thank you very much. coming up, as texas puts itself back together, i will talk to a
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monday and $2,000 for tuesday. just should shocked. >> every day they took a little out and a little more and when it was all done it was almost $17,000. >> no disclosure and no warnings. >> it is unbelievable. it is adding insult to injury for the thousands of texans now blindsided with electricity bills following last week's deadly winter storm. the governor ordered companies to temporarily halt cutting off power for non-payments, that's big of him. several big investigations are underway into the state's energy crisis, including one led by a house committee member ro khama. saying i plan to hold a hearing with the leaders responsible for this total meltdown. congressman, democrat of california, thank you very much for coming back on the
broadcast. i guess i will start this way. when members of congress from texas, you know who they are and they tend to be a vocal bunch. politicians back home in texas ask you what is a liberal democrat from the bay area in california doing heading a hearing on our problem in our state, what is your answer? >> i am a member of congress in the united states and the oversight committee as jurisdiction in the united states. this is our responsibility. one of the most outrageous aspects, politicians getting up there and lying to the american people. when the facts are so obvious. the failure was a financial gas pipeline. yes, there was a failure of wind. wind is such a small percentage. texas has been dependant on natural gas. they failed to weatherize. they had the problem in 2011. there were reports saying they
needed to weatherize. they didn't make the investments. they were selling the country on deregulation and now we see the consequence. >> sooner or later we will realize that infrastructure should be an enormous challenge and goal for the country. are we calling it by the wrong word? fdr had a different word for it. >> it is one of the few places we should be able to get the bipartisan agreement. that is what fdr said, you are creating opportunities for people in communities and you are building the foundation for economic growth, and you are protecting people from natural disasters like we just saw. so, if there is ever a call for having that kind of politics, it is now. there was a great piece in the atlantic saying look, the
politics of cultural grievance can win you elections. but when you have a real crisis like a power outage or a pandemic, politics of grievance does not work. you need competence and vision. that is the moment that we are in. >> congressman, while you have done nothing to deserve the fate, please join us in listening to ted cruz on hannity tonight. we will discuss on the other side. >> texas has some of the lowest energy prices in the country. cost of living is affordable. there is a reason people are fleeing the state of new york and fleeing the state of california. the grid failed 4 million texans. we need to have a serious examination about why that was and why the grid came short. but one of the major elements of that is the policy that schumer is pushing for the whole country which is the green new deal. >> congressman, there is so much there. i don't think he wants to
commission a new marketing slogan, texas, come for the low cost of living and stay for the cold and the dark. he might be alleging chuck schumer somehow turned out the lights. what do you think of that? >> you know what is sad, the governor of my home state, gavin newsom. he didn't take a shot at texas. he said let's do everything that we can do to help our fellow americans. representative alexandria ocasio-cortez did not take a shot at texas. she said let's do everything we can to help. here we have people in california and new york saying people in texas are our fellow citizens. i don't understand why ted cruz is politicizing it. it is like he does not believe we are the united states of america. if someone is hurting in texas, it is a concern to me as american as if they were hurting in any other state. it is so divisive at this time. >> well, who is buying the argument that this is somehow connected to the green new deal
that you correctly pointed out a.o.c. raised $5 million for a people in a state other than hers. >> it was just such a lie. i mean the reality is that this was clear. the cause. they did not invest in the weatherization. they didn't anticipate that there would be this type of winter. it would be understandable if it was the first time. they had reports telling them to make these investments. it is easier to weatherize wind and to weatherize renewable energy than natural plants. if anything it should be an argument for having more renewable energy. those are the facts that need to come out. one of the things we need to explore is a disinformation campaign, not only about elections about about the climate and renewable energy. it is a crisis here in our democracy fueled by social media and cable news and really preventing good policy.
>> congressman, thank you so much for coming on. the democrat of the bay area and the great state of california, congressman ro khama has been our guest tonight. thank you for taking our question. a private citizen in florida, the only one twice impeached wants to make it even clearer that the party that sold out to him is still firmly in his grip, or should be. is still firmly in, or should be in front of you. how's that? get...get mom. [ding] power e*trade gives you an award-winning app with 24/7 support when you need it the most. don't get mad. get e*trade and start trading today.
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i would not support him for re-election in 2024. he is going to have a voice, but as a former president, but there are many voices in the party. again, he should not define our future. we have to define it for ourselves. >> asa hutchinson of arkansas trying a new slant. vowing not to support the president in 2024. donald trump will make his first public appearance as a former president when he speaks at the cpac, the conservative political action conference on sunday. maggie habermann of the times writes it this way. trump signalled to several allies and advisors in recent days he is focused on running for president again in 2024. according to top trump allies trump plans to send the message next weekend that he is republicans' presumptive 2024
nominee with a vise grip on the party's base. a lot to talk about and the two perfect guests to do it. a former obama campaign manager and senior advisor to president obama and a member of the board of the obama foundation. and tim miller is back with us, and the former communications director for jeb bush. just like the congressman, you have done nothing to deserve this. join me in listening to lindsey graham tonight on fox news. >> he will position himself as the alternative to joe biden. he, i think, will make a speech that will unify republicans on policy. i think he has been working the phones. i was with him all weekend. he wants us to win in 2022. stay tuned. i think you are going to see over the next couple of months donald trump lead the republican party on policy and give us the energy that we need to take back the house and the senate.
>> tim, it naturally follows he was such a policy guy for four years in the white house that he would just kind of morph into this role. your reaction. >> wasn't lindsey graham done with president trump on the night of january 6th. that lasted about 12 minutes. i guess it was one trip to the airport and getting yelled by people in red hats and all of a sudden he was back on board. here is the problem. i was encouraged by what the governor of arkansas had to say. the issue with that is that donald trump's former press secretary, sarah huckabee sanders declared the arkansas state house hers and cleared the republican field of lieutenant governor and soon to be attorney general of the state of arkansas. all that matters to republican voters is donald trump. when you hear what all of these
republicans have to say, what is under all of this is that everybody realizes republican voters want trump. that is why in open races over the next two years across the country, you won't hear any republican politicians that sound like me. you will not hear any sounding like mitch mcconnell sounded the day after the impeachment with his finger wagging speech. they are not going to sound like mitt romney. they will sound like some version of sarah huckabee sanders or lindsey graham on hannity. that is what their voters want. they are stuck, scared and missed their opportunity to get rid of him. >> for lack of a better term, the burn it all down caucus will be with us for a while. axios reports payback is the president's chief obsession and motivator and makes for a lousy bumper sticker, does it not? >> well, this is the problem that i think for the republican
party, brian. if you look historically inspect national elections, presidential elections, core battleground states the party whose base is more closely connected to the middle of the electorate. the democratic party only won the white house in 1976 because ford pardoned nixon. they are putting all of their chips on donald trump, who failed to get over 47% of the vote twice. tim is exactly right. the people that vote in the primaries and are most active on social media would pledge lifetime loyalty to donald trump and his family. if you look at the 2022 senate map, you have key races in wisconsin, arizona, north carolina, pennsylvania, these are places where i think that trump continues to be the face of the republican party will hurt his party in those
competitive senate races, much less looking down the road to 2024. the trump motivation, probably the greatest narcissist to be on the planet earth. i am sure he thinks like he could run for office and be the nominee. that might help in his legal issues. i doubt that is the case. that is the one thing. will donald trump look as attractive to republican primary voters two or three years now from than he does now. i will definitely take the short on that. >> and tim, i sucked at math, but i know that he came in second in the last election. i am asking this because of the new polling that shows 3 of 4, like 76% of those that voted for him would support it again. and again, caveat withstanding on math, that does not look like a winning number. >> well, brian, that tracks about 70% of the people that
voted for him that think he legitimately won, and as the president in exile down in mar-a-lago and that hugo chavez stole the election from him. no wonder they want him to run again in 2024. this is the problem that disconnects from reality. you mentioned the cpac speech. they set it up for him where his first speech after the presidency will come right after the announcement of the winner of the cpac 2024 straw pole, the very important straw poll. trump will be able to declare victory. he wants to declare victory in something. in orlando he will be declaring victory in the cpac straw poll. i think that is a reflection of where the movement is right now. >> wow. way to ruin the suspense. the guests agreed to stay with
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he needs one republican to walk across the aisle and support her nomination. joe manchin, as a democrat. voted for sessions, barr, pompeo and kavanaugh and yet he is offended apparently by the tweets that this woman has put out over the past several years. viewers of the network know her for her many appearances. susan collins i am assuming is troubled by the whole thing. axios is saying this, which is what i want to ask you about. house democratic leaders are quietly mounting a campaign for shalanda young for director of the office of management and budget people familiar with the matter tell axios. you have been around the block. your first rodeo this is not. you don't get stories like that talking about alternative candidates when your candidate is in good shape. >> right. that seems wildly premature to
me. i still think they have time to find the one republican vote. if not go to plan b. first of all, yes. there is a challenge having a narrow house majority and 50 democratic senators. about you that is a far preferable problem than having 48. you look in the first 60 days of the administration, joe biden will get a covid relief package through, basically his design. perhaps the minimum wage will have about every nominee sail through. i think presidents, when they put forward qualified candidates should get support from both parties and unanimous support from your own party. my guess is that some of the democratic senators who are in tougher states might want to cherry pick a vote here or two to suggest they still retain
their independence. this one makes no sense to me. the big parts of joe biden's agenda will get through and that is important to focus on. i still think it is fighting for neera. >> tim miller, arguing she is mean on twitter after four years of the trump administration. that was -- we drove out a laughable territory a week ago on that. bill chryst kristol said he feels like he is on a theory here. i feel like there is a bit of sexism going on here. it sounds like the tweets sound harsher to these old guys because they are coming from a woman. >> yeah. i think the republicans -- they
are just looking for any scalp they can get. i think the republicans are going to do a complete about face. if mitt romney wants to decide he will draw a hard line on people's behavior on twitter and whether it is in the bounds of what he thinks is appropriate. i will give mitt romney that leash. he has been doing that for 40 years. the rest of the yahoos have been allowing the commander in chief of the united states to send out things about how seal team 6 is dead and osama bin laden is alive and yay white power and i am concerned about the white genocide and qanon and the election was stolen. we can go on and on all night. the idea that they care about the director of the office of management and budget's tweets, that is something i am not go to buy. hopefully joe biden can bring out the old senate deal maker joe biden and get one of these guys across the line in exchange
for, you know, putting the office of management and budget auxiliary office down there in north carolina. if not i hope that biden puts her somewhere else in the administration and the republicans are forced to deal with someone else. i don't see what anybody is gaining from this. >> he is a great idea. he could throw the new one on the pile with the old one from the g.o.p. back home in north carolina. you gentlemen are so good at this. coming up, in a nation with a vaccine shortage right now, why thousands of doses are going in the trash at the end of the day. this is a report that we hope will bring about change. s a rep
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♪♪ tonight in too many places the vaccine remains in short supply. so many who qualify for the shot at this point can't find one, but health officials say leftover doses are going to waste because of an fda regulation that prohibits pooling the small amounts of vaccine that are left behind in the vials. nbc news correspondent catie beck has more on the benefits and risks. >> reporter: shots go into arms 4,000 times a day at the inova vaccine clinic in fairfax, virginia. for many, a dose of relief. >> this is the happiest place on earth. >> reporter: but while the clinic's pharmacy teams hustles to keep up with demand, they're flagging a flaw in the process. >> from the very first day we've noticed that there was waste left in the individual vials. >> reporter: residual vaccine left in vials and forced to be thrown out.
a single vial of pfizer vaccine used here yields six full doses, but pharmacists say there's often a half dose left, which under fda rules cannot be used. >> these are just going in the garbage. >> yes. >> reporter: the pharmacist here who prepared the shots decided to measure how much is being wasted. first pooling residual liquids in ten vials, then 100. then found the discarded vials yielded 8% to 10% more vaccine. >> ultimately when there are enough vaccines, wasting some at the bottom won't matter but right now we are millions of doses short. >> reporter: in this location alone that would be 400 additional doses daily. nationally it could mean tens of thousands more shots in arms every day. >> oh, it is huge. for such a scarce resource, it is significant, and currently we are just throwing those out at the end of the day. >> reporter: those vials end up here in the basement. most of them have visible amounts of vaccine still left inside, and pharmacists estimate
that if combined this rack alone could come up with somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 doses. instead of being given out they have to be thrown out. the fda says its rule against pooling covid vaccine is an infection control measure needed for vaccines made without a preservative, saying, cross-contamination using the same needle and syringe has occurred with other medications when this practice was utilized, causing serious bacterial infections. but pharmacists say there are already sterile protocols in place and they are routinely allowed to pool other drugs like antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, even the flu shot. they're urging the fda to change its position. >> it is heartbreaking. it makes me sick to my stomach, you know, knowing how many people still need the vaccine. >> reporter: many still waiting their turn without time or vaccine to spare. catie beck, nbc news, fairfax, virginia. something tells me they will
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over 500,000. they played "amazing grace" at the white house tonight, flanked by a sea of memorial candles on that south portico, flags on our federal buildings will remain at half staff for the next five days to mark our nation's deep and ongoing wound. from our first school textbooks we're taught we are lucky enough to live in a great nation, and we are. we are further taught, there's a phrase for it, and that's american exceptionalism, but what an unexceptional day this was in our nation's history. we have now lost over half a million souls. we in the news media have struggled to illustrate a number so high it seems ephemeral, like when we say we have lost the equivalent of the population of atlanta or miami or when "the new york times" this weekend used a graphic where every lost life was represented by a black dot. those lights lining the reflecting pool that we saw on inauguration eve, they represented 400,000 dead. we've lost 100,000 of our brothers and sisters since then.
it has killed more americans, as you heard, than our world wars and vietnam combined. we in the u.s. represent about 5% of the world's population, yet we lead the world in coronavirus. our death toll is the highest in the world and no one should make any mistake about the malpractice, about the lies that were told to us by our president and those who worked for him, the benign neglect as americans died, denialism was pushed by adults who knew better in a country capable of far better. here is what we know about the dead. most of them died alone. all of them had hopes and dreams and people who loved them. in the jewish tradition it is customary to say the deceased, may their memory be a blessing and that has never been more meaningful really. their memory and legacy are all we have. how striking it was today to hear such personal notes in such
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